Family Resources & Tips
Below are teens' slang terms that are popular references for drugs, alcohol and some of the behaviors associated with them. Included are examples of sentences that offer the context in which they can be used.
420 stands for April 20th or the time 4:20. Years ago 4:20 pm was deemd the time of day to get high and April 20th became "National Pot Smoking Day."
"It's 420! let's get high!"
The dried and cured, unpollinated flowering portion of the marijuana plant. Bud contains the D9-trans-tetrahydrocannab inol, Cannabidiol, and Cannabinol.
"I've got some bud. Pack the bowl."
The pleasant feeling you get when you're drunk or high.
"I had a few beers but I didn't get wasted. I was buzzed."
A high that's achieved by combining LSD or acid with Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy.
"Let's go candy flipping tonight!"
Slang for low quality crystallized Methamphetamine. A stimulant with a high that lasts between 8 and 24 hours.
"The crank made him extremely hyper, but he crashed the next day."
To get high and drunk at the same time.
"Yo-we've got beer and weed. Let's get crunked."
Sticky, hairy, and an especially strong type of marijuana.
"This is some strong dank."
$10 worth of any drug.
"I've got $10...let's go get a dime bag."
A person who heavily abuses illegal drugs. They are associated with a negative, dirty image.
"He's such a disgusting druggie."
Dextromorphan Hydrobromide (DXM HBr.) A drug contained in over-the-counter (OTC) cough supressants. After 900mg, it becomes a hallucinogen.
"I'm out of weed, let's trip on DXM."
Slang for the drug ecstasy.
"They were rolling on X at the rave."
The resin from the flowers of the marijuana plant.
"I've got some hash. Let's make brownies."
To engage in romantic/sexual activity with little to no emotional attachment. Both parties are usually under the influence of alcohol or some other drug.
"Jessica was so drunk last night that she hooked up with Mike!"
Smoking marijuana in a confined space so that the area fills up with smoke.
"Hey-let's hotbox the car!"
A horse tranquilizer. Has hallucinogenic properties and can make users violent.
"He's using PCP and didn't even realize he broke his hand after he punched the wall."
To drink before going to a party.
"We should pre-game before we go out tonight."
A metal holder used to hold a small joint to avoid burning your fingers.
"Don't burn yourself. Here-use the roach clip to hold that joint."
Term used to describe an ecstasy high.
"They all took X before the rave and were rollin' by the time they got there."
Short for Salvia Divinorum, a plant native to southern Mexico. It has a halluginogenic effect.
"Salvia highs make you see some scary stuff."
Sex on ecstasy.
"Sextasy on ecstasy is awesome because your sense of touch is maximzed and amazing."
The end bits of a bag of weed.
"All I've got left from my stash is some shake."
Mushrooms that contain psilcybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. They have a hallucinogenic effect.
"I ate some shrooms last night and saw the craziest things!"
A type of marijuana. It is a cross breed of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica.
"Wow-that skunk is strong! Where can I get some?"
Slang for the drug Ketamine - an animal tranquilizer.
"We scored some Special K tonight. I hear it's better than X."
A term used to describe someone who smokes marijuana often.
"He is such a stoner. He smokes like twice a day."
To inhale marijuana smoke or take a hit or turn.
"Take another toke off the joint."
Stands for coricidan HBP, cough and cold. Taking more than the recommended dose of OTC cough medicine can have a hallucinogenic effect.
"I'm out of X but I've got Triple C's. I'm going to go robo trip."
Syn: Skittles, Robo Trip, Poor Mans X
Keep the Computer Where You Can See It: It's easier to casually keep an eye on your teen's online use when the computer is in a common area rather than a private bedroom.
Get Educated About the Internet: The more you understand what's going on in cyberspace, the better equipped you'll be to talk with your teen about their online conversations. Learn what's available to your teen online, such as social networking sites (including FaceBook and MySpace), message boards (including teenspot.com and studentcenter.org), and helpful services (including drugfree.org). You may also want to check out Caron's Teen Glossary, which can help you stay updated on the lingo around alcohol and drug use.
Web-Surfing is a Privilege: Define the rules, concerns and expectations for online activities with your teen. Set limits on internet usage and alert them that you'll be regularly asking them to walk you through their recent online activity.
Keep Checking In: Have regular conversations with your teen about what they do when they're online. Discuss their screen name(s) and any sites where they regularly visit or post. Let them know you're always available to talk.
Explain That the Virtual World Lives On: It is becoming common for employers and colleges/universities to research online behavior of prospects, so let your teen know that whatever they say or do online will likely have a long virtual shelf life.
Teach Them How to Deal with Peer Pressure: Explain that just like in real life, "virtual" conversations can become uncomfrotable or inappropriate. Discuss examples of how they might respond to a conversation or posting that turns to drugs or alcohol.
Be Aware of Signs: Signs that your child could be engaging in inappropriate or dangerous behavior online include: closing a screen quickly when you walk by, becoming distressed if you remove computer privileges, and difficulty waking up for school because of late night online activity.
Consider Monitoring or Filtering: Excellent software exists today that can monitor every key stroke and give your regular reports about virtual behavior. Filtering programs also allow you to block teens from visiting sites that wouldn't be appropriate under any circumstances. Caron's Student Assistance Professionals suggest Specter Pro 5.0 for monitoring software and Net Nanny 5.1, or Kidsnet.com for filtering software.
Make it a Community Effort: You may want to set up a town hall meeting in your community with other relevant voices to discuss this issue. For more information, contact Caron's Student Assistance Program at 800-678-2332.
If you would like to learn more about interventions or are interested in inquiring about planning an intervention for a loved one, please call 800-854-6023 for an intervention specialist nearest you, or contact a Caron professional.
Addiction is a progressive illness that can be treated.
Addiction is a progressive illness. Left untreated it will only get worse and can be fatal. The destructive forces of addiction have ruined marriages, careers, parent/child bonds and friendships. The positive news is that addiction is a very treatable illness. However, too often, family members and concerned others are left frustrated and overwhelmed by the consequences of the addictive process.
Generally, the network of concerned others in an addict's life feel that they have made repeated and extensive efforts to provide the addicted person with support emotionally, physically and financially. When such efforts fail, they are often left feeling discouraged and powerless to facilitate any positive change in the life of their addicted loved one and sometimes in their own. Many families believe that they must wait until the addicted loved one "hits a bottom" before they will be willing to receive help.
Professionally facilitated interventions have been highly successful in assisting family and concerned others in developing and implementing a productive plan to help the addict make the important decision to seek treatment. A well-planned intervention has the effect of "raising the bottom" for the addicted person by bringing into focus the severity of addiction in the individual's life. A step-by-step process of cooperatively working with the addicted person's support system can be just the experience that will "tip the scale" for the addicted person in making that important first step.